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Young Man in America

Anaïs MitchellAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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In case you haven't met her, Anaïs Mitchell is not a man. She's a woman, quick to laugh and to cry, a fan of Jane Austen and miniskirts. She came of age reading the diaries of Anaïs Nin and blasting early Ani Difranco records. So it may catch a few listeners off-guard when Mitchell cries out, in the opening sequence of her latest album, "I'm a young man!" And it ... Read more in Amazon's Anaïs Mitchell Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 28, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wilderland Records
  • ASIN: B006X08FEO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,640 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Wilderland
2. Young Man in America
3. Coming Down
4. Dyin Day
5. Venus
6. He Did
7. Annmarie
8. Tailor
9. Shepherd
10. You are Forgiven
11. Ships

Editorial Reviews

Anais Mitchell is not a man. She s a woman, quick to laugh and to cry, a fan of Jane Austen and miniskirts. So it may catch a few listeners off-guard when Mitchell cries out, in the opening sequence of her latest album, 'I m a young man!' And it may come as a surprise when, over the course of eleven songs, she seems to be channeling spirits from the Old Testament to modern America - but mostly, well, from the Y chromosome.

Taking on voices other than her own is not exactly new for Mitchell. In 2010 Righteous Babe Records released the recorded version of her folk opera 'Hadestown' , a modern retelling of the Orpheus myth, featuring guest singers Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Ani Difranco and Greg Brown. The album became something of a critical phenomenon in the UK, making 'Best of 2010' lists in the Guardian, Sunday Times and Observer, thanks in part to the skillful production of Todd Sickafoose, who also produced and arranged Young Man.

Mitchell is as interested in the world around her as the one inside her. She has a way of tackling big themes with the same emotional intimacy most artists use to describe their inner lives. 'The emotions are my own,' says Mitchell. 'As for the Young Man, he s in me too, I feel his restlessness a lot. He s a part of me like my dad s old book or like something an old lover said one time. Those parts of ourselves that haunt us, sometimes we have to appease them with an offering of food and wine so they ll quit haunting us for a while. This album is that kind of offering.'

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Anais for Anais fans! February 28, 2012
Format:Audio CD
If you are a fan of Anais Mitchell's warm and unique vocal style, this is the album you've been waiting for. From song to production quality, it is completely top notch. I can't emphasize this last point enough. Some of her older albums have felt constrained-- missing much of the emotion and vocal nuance found in her live performances. "Young Man in America", however, finds her at her best.

After her previous album, I'm sure some of her fans were really curious which direction she would go in with new material. I can tell you that most of it sits firmly in the tradition of her other albums, while the balance seems to be experimental steps in different musical directions than we've heard from her in the past. "Tailor" is so simultaneously heavy and whimsical in tone that you won't know whether to tap your foot or furrow your brow. "Shephard" is deeply moving: once I recovered, I wasn't sure what to take away -- I still don't. "Venus" made me fall over backwards from the first chord -- that's right CHORD -- Anais really rocks this song of independence and love.

This is amazing stuff, which will make it that much harder to wait for her local tour stop.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A simple and powerful album February 28, 2012
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This album is a little difficult to place. It is a complex tapestry of ideas and themes that blend into something both compelling and complex. Take for instance, the first track- Wilderland. It sets the tenor for the rest of the album and it is a moody piece. "Look upon your children wandrin' in the Wilderland, look upon your children wandrin' in the woods". This is not the same quiet message of her earlier albums like "The Brightness", but something more desperate. It speaks of an America where things are just a little harder. The title track's imploring "Daddy, daddy, I wish you'd never had me" is emblematic. This isn't to say the whole album is moody, there are tracks like "Venus" which is a bright look at womanhood.

"Young Man in America" reaches for territory seldom occupied in modern folk. It is first and foremost an album of the times. "Young Man" speaks to now, 2012, in a unique way. For someone like me, of contemporaneous age with Mitchell, it has added weight. It resonates with its musical simplicity and is buoyed by Mitchell's unique voice. It follows in the best traditions of American folk. Simply put: This is an amazing album and you should buy it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year June 16, 2012
Format:Audio CD
This is exactly the second review I have ever written, but this album is so strong I just have to say something. I came upon this album, and Anais Mitchell, completely randomly, and did not know anything about her when I heard this album. I was immediately blown away. Afterward, I couldn't believe that it was really that good, but upon second and third and fourth listen my appreciation of it only deepened. This is quite simply the best and most inventive album I have heard in quite some time. Anais Mitchell's vocal creativity, the originality of her material, the fascinating instrumental and vocal arrangements - it all adds up to one of those albums that leaves you asking "Where have you been all my life?"

My favorite songs are Dyin Day, Tailor, and You Are Forgiven, but every single song is a gem. The last female singer-songwriter I reacted to so strongly was Joni Mitchell (her secret relative? haha) and her Hejira album a long time ago. Will be buying copies for friends...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album April 23, 2012
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The songs on this are great. The band is great. Anais is great.

I think the sonic quality could be slightly better on this.

I saw this band live not long ago and I thought the live sound was a bit more clean than this album.

In concert her voice was sort of floating over really perfect music. On this disc it's actually a bit more like a concert where sometimes the music is a bit overwhelming on the vocals in places.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart Achingly Beautiful February 29, 2012
By MNuhfer
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This is an incredible album. I'm moved to write my first ever Amazon music review.

When you are driving on a quiet country road, sunlight dappling through the trees, just enough to make you warm and give you the shivers...and you come around the curve and a flock of pheasants fly out in front of your car and you catch your breath....and you drive a little further and there is a doe on the side of the road and you give a little gasp... and as you drive on a little further there is a harbor peeking out from behind the hills, sharp blue with colorful sailboats spread across and its so beautiful it brings a tear to your eye.

That's what this album feels like. Especially when you listen to "Tailor" followed by "Shepherd".

I've only ever heard Hadestown from Anais Mitchell. I thought that was an amazing album. "Young Man" tops it I think.

I may just go and buy everything Anais Mitchell has recorded. It's that good.

If you like warm Americana you should like this album.

Please give Ms. Mitchell a little bit of your money so she will keep making albums like this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anais does it again! March 12, 2012
Format:MP3 Music
FANTASTIC ALBUM!!! I was curious if Anais could follow up her 'Hadestown' album with something as good, and she has definitely done just that with the "Young Man In America' album.

I was able to catch Anais and the "Young Man" band in GA last week. Some trivia that she gave during the show...the album cover photo is an old photo of her father, and track 9 (Shepherd) is her interpretation of the 1st chapter of an out-of print book called "The Souls of Lambs" that her father wrote in the past. She stated that the photo of her father might have actually been a promotional photo that was taken for the book.

BUY THIS ALBUM! I don't care what type of music you normally listen will like this album :)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fables for our Time
Mitchell pegs it again with a loosely fit collection of interlocking songs about the existential dissatisfaction and disillusionment of our time. Read more
Published 7 months ago by glyphstone
5.0 out of 5 stars Folk / Country with a twist
Very evocative of prairies and deserts without necessarily conforming to the conventional troupes. Be warned, not a cheerful record but what folk / country song worth it's salt... Read more
Published 7 months ago by John A Harrington
4.0 out of 5 stars Anais' new album branches out in another direction that is pleasant
Her past albums sounded as if they were cast in the night, and this one is very much a day album. Although she still has a slow-waltz to her compositions, there is a lighter flavor... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Avery Dena Jacobs
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Mitchell's writing and sound are a breath of fresh air. This is the first album I've heard of hers and I'm already looking forward to hearing everything else she's recorded.
Published 16 months ago by Larry R. Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent album
I agree with the enthusiastic reviews here - this is an excellent album. I only came across Anais Mitchell recently when I tried her Child Ballads album. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Sid Nuncius
1.0 out of 5 stars Young Man not what expected
The sound, style, just not what other reviews expressed--not for me. If I had listened first, I would not have purchased.
Published 20 months ago by John Sperry
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Anais !
This fine album further confirms Anais Mitchell as a talented singer-songwriter. Her clear voice and pristine diction enhance the delivery of her well-crafted lyrics married to... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Susan Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album I Didn't Know I Needed
This artist was a mystery to me for too long. This album is engaging, and it keeps the listener interested with each new listen. I absolutely love this album!
Published 20 months ago by Musicphene
5.0 out of 5 stars young man in america great!!
wonderful cd from the Vermont artist extraordinaire..... just buy this already ! she will not disappoint you..... Read more
Published 22 months ago by hwy61
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changing
This woman is a genius. Between the tone of her voice, the way she attacks her instrument and the way she composes songs and themes within harken back to the days when albums... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Lucy Robertson
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